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Francis Sison, intern

Francis Sison and Camile Fong Lim of SRA

Camille Fong Lim, Regional Manager - NT, WA and Singapore, SRA

SRA provides expertise and solutions in the environment and sustainability, natural resource management, community welfare, and compliance and approvals areas. We also provide customised software and services, business intelligence and enterprise content management solutions.

Employing over 80 staff with offices in Darwin, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Houston and Singapore our employees are versatile and knowledgeable and have the expertise to ensure the provision of quality services.

SRA has had two different types of engagements with international students:

  • three unpaid internship placements with students studying degrees in business, accounting and marketing
  • post graduate information technology employees in permanent roles.

We have found international students are very practiced in online or self-managed training and are self-motivated to complete and achieve certifications.

To deliver the best results SRA engages interns when there is a project that can be independently managed and delivered to ensure that the work we assign students is non-menial and has a defined outcome. It is also important to commit sufficient time to ensure interns are properly mentored which has been a fulilling experience for both the student and staff.

Integration between staff and student is very important to a successful experience for both so we spend dedicated time with the student helping them fit into the team and the company culture.

Student: Francis Sison

Francis came to Darwin from the Philippines to study his Master of Accounting after family friends recommended Charles Darwin University from their own experience as students.

Francis has grown in many ways since arriving in Darwin. Coming from a very structured and protected environment he has learned to take on responsibility for his own development both personally and professionally.

Working with SRA as part of the internship has allowed Francis to build confidence and develop his communication skills, being treated like an equal made him feel more accountable and gave him the confidence to take on more responsibility. It also helped him to understand and settle into the Australian way of life.

Francis moved on to a role at International House Darwin assisting new students to settle in and acting as a mentor. He is now employed at Charles Darwin University working in a fast-paced and diverse working environment.

Francis said “SRA took a chance with me; they saw my abilities better than I did. When I completed the project I saw myself in a very different light and was very proud.”